Sulphur cap countdown

With 2020 rapidly approaching, much of the shipping industry is trying to ascertain what the International Maritime Organisation's 2020 sulphur cap means for them. As one of the most important regulations to ever hit the maritime world, it will have an impact across the shipping ecosystem, from boardrooms to engine rooms and brokers to seafarers. Given the scale of the impact, many stakeholders are worried about what it means for their business, while some are also anticipating it could deliver them bumper profits. The Fairplay team will be tracking the key developments as we approach 2020, highlighting the risks and opportunities of this momentus change for our industry.  

News & Analysis

Gas supply vessel MV Kairos
13 Nov 2018
There are just a handful of purpose-built LNG supply vessels in the world, but the sector is growing as LNG gains popularity as a marine fuel.
Smoke from a ship's funnel
12 Nov 2018
Legal implications for shipowners and charterers are now set to dominate the IMO 2020 sulphur cap agenda.
Khalid Hashim
08 Nov 2018
Khalid Hashim has suggested that sufficient LSFO will be available by 2020.
Bunkering a ship
05 Nov 2018
Doubts linger over whether local producers will be able to reduce the sulphur content of their BFO to meet the 2020 deadline.
Cutter suction dredger Spartacus
30 Oct 2018
Dredging and marine engineering company DEME has decided to back LNG engines as it doubts the efficiency of scrubbers.  
30 Oct 2018
Tanker operator claims scrubbers are a 'loop hole' and their use risk facilitating non-compliance with the new 0.5% sulphur limit for marine fuels.


As the 2020 sulphur cap nears, access to credit could be the crunch point for shipowners.